What to Expect in the Dental Hygiene Program


Goals

The Dental Hygiene Department’s Goals are to:

  • provide a quality, evidence-based educational program that meets the needs of the students, employers and educational community;
  • provide the necessary resources to facilitate instructional strategies and enhance student learning;
  • promote a collaborative environment which supports professional development;
  • support student personal and professional development; and to
  • support the community by providing educational programs and dental hygiene services to meet the needs of diverse populations.

Attendance

Full-time attendance is required for all DHYG courses and associated activities. There is an allowance for excused absences and tardies before a reduction in the final grade is made.

Grades

The practice of dental hygiene involves the integration of the cognitive (knowledge), affective (emotional tone) and psychomotor (hands-on application) domains by the practitioner. You must develop abilities in each of these three domains prior to graduation.

In order to progress from one semester to the next in the Dental Hygiene program, you must satisfactorily complete the appropriate sequence of courses as defined by the program curriculum. Satisfactory completion of courses is defined by:

  • A grade of no less than “C” (2.00) in all required BIOL, CHEM and DHYG prefix curriculum courses.
  • The final grade in some DHYG courses consists of scores from both lecture and clinical/laboratory portions of the course. You must maintain a minimum proficiency level in both the lecture and clinical/laboratory component of each course, which demonstrates consistent performance in attainment of course objectives. Specific proficiency scores and competency levels are stated in each course syllabus. Final grades must be a grade of “C” or higher in the clinic/lab portion and the lecture portion of the course in order to continue in the curriculum.
  • Achievement of course competencies and requirements as stated in each course syllabus.
  • An overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.

You are responsible for monitoring your academic progress and for seeking assistance from the course professors when necessary. You are encouraged to seek faculty assistance during posted office hours. You are expected to meet with the course professor for remediation when performance falls below 70%.

Course progress:  There is adequate time during clinic assignments and courses to complete requirements. Your inability to complete requirements is considered lack of progress. Receiving a grade of incomplete in a course jeopardizes your completion of future program requirements. Therefore, a contract for a grade of incomplete in a DHYG course is not an automatic option. Eligibility for a contract will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the course professor and program director. If a contract is granted, remaining requirements must be completed prior to starting the subsequent clinical course or by the specified deadline date. You are encouraged to seek assistance from the course professor in order to avoid having incomplete requirements at the end of the semester. The option for an I Contract is not available for DHYG 121 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Pre-Clinic or DHYG 250 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV.

If you have significant absences due to illness or extenuating circumstances, you may request a Contract for a Grade of Incomplete (I Contract), which indicates that course requirements and objectives have not been met. You must contact the course professor in order to be considered for an I Contract. In order to be eligible for an I Contract, 80% of the course requirements and 80% of the clinic/lab requirements must be completed. Eligibility for an I Contract will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the course professor and program director. Once approved, specific deadlines will be given to complete course requirements the following semester.

A contract not completed by the deadline stated on the contract is recorded as a grade of “F.”

Academic dishonesty on coursework will result in no credit for the coursework involved and/or dismissal from the program.

Grade review and appeals process:

The initial procedure a you follow in an attempt to resolve a final grade issue for a credit course begins with the course professor. See grade appeal procedures.

Repeating a DHYG course:

If you receive a grade of “D” in a DHYG course you will not be permitted to continue in the program. Students interested in applying for readmission must meet with the department director. Students accepted for readmission will have one attempt at successfully completing a DHYG course.

Professionalism and Ethics

You must exhibit professional characteristics and provide dental health care which in the professional judgment of the Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene faculty:

  • Is consistent with the American Dental Hygienists Association Code of Ethics, the Johnson County Community College program goals and the JCCC Student Code of Conduct.
  • Is exemplary of professional conduct.
  • Follows safety and infection control standards as stated in the department clinic manual.

Individuals associated with the JCCC Dental Hygiene Department are expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Violation of any portion of the JCCC Student Code of Conduct is subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the department.